Pregnancy is a great time to go green! Here are several excellent online guides for a natural pregnancy that are free, concise, and doable.
This infographic is the shortest and sweetest of all the recommendations, but it comes from an authoritative source. In 2013, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine issued a joint statement urging ob-gyns "to advocate for government policy changes to identify and reduce exposure to toxic environmental agents," and to counsel their patients on how to avoid environmental toxins. Their infographic offers women six tips for a safe pregnancy, mostly related to diet. If you want to delve deeper into the reasons for their recommendations you can read the document "Exposure to Toxic Environmental Agents." Be warned though, it's scary stuff (I wouldn't read it if I were pregnant).
This visually appealing 50-page guide has chapters about home detox (addresses lead, radon, pesticides, and indoor air quality), personal care, cleaning, eating, and preparing the nursery. Read it as an online interactive e-book or download as a PDF. For an ultra-concise version of their guide check out the two-page PDF brochure. The related infographic "When Looking Good Is Bad for Baby" specifically addresses personal products.
This two-page PDF discusses food and water, plus a list of chemically-laden products and tasks that should be avoided.
This two-page PDF offers 10 steps to eliminating toxins from your personal products, food, and home with brief explanations of the problems with conventional products and links to additional resources.
An oldie but a goodie, this guide has quick tips related to food, beauty, cleaning, and baby's nursery.
You can also check out these pregnancy-relevant posts from Eco-novice:
- Labor and Delivery Hospital Bag Packing List
- 6 Strategies for Choosing Non-toxic Personal Care Products
- Pregnancy, Pain, and Prenatal Exercise DVDs
- Use Eco-friendly and PVC-free Yoga Mats to Avoid Phthalates and Other Toxic Chemicals
- Series of posts on Green Cleaning
- Eat Less Plastic
- It's so hard to say goodbye to BPA
- Cooking without Teflon
- Things I Avoid Eating
What resources have you used for a safe & healthy pregnancy?
If you know of another fabulous resource or have written a post on the topic, please share in the comments!